Oh Savannah, you are possibly the most charming southern city we have ever had the pleasure of visiting. From the enchanting southern architecture to twinkling lights and dripping spanish moss – this is the place to be during the holidays! Escape the cold weather and head south where the crowds are light and there are endless activities for every generation.
One thing that differentiated Savannah was the 22 historic squares on every block (Chippewa Square is where Tom Hanks’s character waited for the bus in Forrest Gump). They each boasted their own statue or fountain, with manicured gardens and shady live oaks that invited you to sit and stay a while.
Being the oldest city in Georgia, it comes as no surprise that Savannah is filled with history, a lot of which seemed pioneered by women (pretty cool!). You can feel the nostalgia when listening to stories of the past, which makes you appreciate the present as you walk down the cobblestone paths.
Take all of the above and add Christmas decorations to the mix – now that is something you do not want to miss! We have compiled a list of the three A’s: Accommodations, Adventures, and Appetite! If you have any questions about Savannah or our trip please shoot us an email!
We stayed at the upscale Desoto Hotel in Savannah’s historic district. From the moment you step out of the car you are met with hospitality and kindness. We had A LOT in our car (road tripping you know) and it phased no one. There is a warmness that feels like coming home when you walk into this hotel. Everyone is smiling and happy to see you, chatting with our children, and offering help.
Our room had a breathtaking view of the city, kitchenette with microwave, refrigerator, and sink, and a separate living room and bedroom. This is our ideal setup when traveling as a family, offering us parents a place to relax at the end of the day when the little ones are asleep.
The Desoto Hotel is also located in the heart of Savannah, we were within walking distance of everything! This was so amazing for our family because we had road tripped to Savannah – and getting the kids in the car was the last thing we wanted to do every day. Instead we were able to walk outside and enjoy the scenery. They gave our girls a scavenger hunt of Savannah and when completed they were able to pick a prize – could they be more kid friendly?!
The lobby is filled with art and crystal chandeliers, which will make you feel like you have walked into a gallery rather than a hotel. There is also a beautiful rooftop pool that transports you to an island getaway. The Desoto Hotel has it all, and leaves nothing to be desired. We hope to return again soon!
Trustees Garden Christmas Festival – This Christmas event was a huge hit for the whole family. There was “snow”, sledding, Anna & Elsa made a visit, bounce houses, food trucks, rock climbing, Santa Claus & so much more! We had so much fun here, it was an amazing first stop on our journey in Savannah.
Old Town Trolley Tours – Take a trolley tour in Savannah! We learned SO much history and had an amazing time. The tour guides have a wealth of knowledge so be sure to ask questions. Go early – there will be less people. We had a trolley all to ourselves for an hour! Tony was our “private” tour guide and he sure did know how to entertain the kiddos!
Savannah’s Children’s Museum – Sadly we were rained out of this must do outdoor museum in Savannah – but we have heard great things so I would recommend going if the weather works out in your favor!
Ice Skating – The Savannah Civi Center in the center of historic Savannah has been transformed into SkateFest during the holiday season, an ice skating rink open to the public. There are several 1 1/2-hour sessions each day and skates are available to rent. We all skated, even our 2 year old (full disclosure she lasted 2 minutes). There are twinkle lights hanging from the ceiling that really add to the atmosphere.
Forsyth Park – With 30 acres of green space, this is a dream spot in Savannah. It was raining when we visited, but thankfully we packed all our rain gear! There are two playgrounds, a beautiful fountain (we learned this was actually bought out of a mail order catalog – hilarious), and ample people watching. Must see in Savannah!
The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist – We always scope out churches when traveling, they so beautiful and peaceful amidst the hustle and bustle of travel. This Roman Catholic Cathedral in particular left us speechless, it was completely decked out in Christmas decor from wreathes to poinsettias and everything in between. There is a walk through area of the most detailed and intricate manger scene which will leave you in awe!
Edgar’s Proof & Provision – Located inside the Desoto Hotel, this restaurant offers a selection of 120+ whiskeys and a sleek atmosphere. Go up the stairs behind the bar where you will find a library hideaway with a salt table and TVs, as well as super comfortable seating to relax while enjoying your locally sourced food. There is also an outdoor seating area with beautiful fire tables. Delicious food with great service in the heart of Savannah!
1540 Room – Delicious southern dining located inside the Desoto Hotel. We had breakfast in this beautiful restaurant and the food was fantastic. The staff was very attentive and kind, with warm smiles and pleasant conversation. There is beautiful art on the walls for you to see while sipping your tea or cocktail. Southern comfort meets global cuisine will leave you delighted!
Moon River Brewing Company – A fun place to stop for some local brew and eats. They were having a puppy adoption while we were here and that kept out kiddos happy and occupied! They have an outdoor seating area with games which would be fun on sunnier days.
The Pirate’s House – This pirate-themed restaurant is an amazing stop for the whole family. It is a historic restaurant and tavern, established in 1753. A portion of the structure was built in 1734, making it the oldest standing building in the state of Georgia. After your meal, go on a tour of the building with a pirate! Delicious food in a rich filled atmosphere will be a highlight of your trip.
Savannah Candy Kitchen – This place was like a dream for our littles, and us to. The sweet smells of candy and chocolate will awaken your inner child, watching them make candy apples, saltwater taffy, to hand stretched peanut brittle will make your stomach growl! We all chose to get ice cream, if you go around Christmas make sure to get the peppermint (so good).
CO – A delicious place to go for a poke bowl! Fresh ingredients and cute atmosphere.